A Bulb

One of the things about these new light ‘bulbs’ is that we’re still stuck in the old patterns of making them–kind of like when cars were still like coaches. One can’t help feeling that will change–the clumsy, screw-in parts and the connections. When will they get simple tubes that slide and snap into place? Connections nowadays ought to be more streamlined.

And then there will be a whole world of new lamp shapes to be had, it seems to me.

I observe because we got an apartment with some of them in it–in the kitchen. One of them has reached the end of its not quite so long life and apparently it is full of deadly mercury. How long before that is turned against? Probably not long, as my heart is no longer so cold toward some of these new glowing tubes.

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